"She's been showing glimpses," Tech coach Kaitlyn Wechsler said of Cardenas. "She's really a great player in practices. She's been showing some skills. She's had some nerves in games, but she showed something today. Hopefully she takes that and keeps running with it."
Michayla Lawrence followed with 17 points, leading Tech's high-pressure defense and fastbreak offense.
Wechsler noted Shyla Jackson as the game's unsung hero, as she scored four points but "worked hard all over the court. Shyla was causing turnovers and refused to let anyone score late."
"We had a pretty comfortable lead most of the time," Wechsler said. "We talked about not letting up. We wanted to make sure we shut them down, and let them know they weren't going to have a chance to come back on us. Girls are stepping up in opportunities when we have them. They're doing a nice job of stepping into this. We have a nice future if the girls keep working this hard."
Tech visits Mystic Valley this evening (5:30 p.m.).
Peabody 84, Revere 52
Behind 26 points from Chris Canela, the Tanners were able to notch a big win on the road in Revere on Monday night, putting Peabody just one win away from the state tournament.
Avian Hernandez filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Joe O'Neill contributed 13 points and seven rebounds. Jake Gustin and Jake Irvine each had 10 points in the win.
Now at 9-6, the Tanners will attempt to punch their ticket to the tournament tonight when they host Winthrop for Peabody's Senior Night.